Discussion Archive

15 Sep 2008 - 8:40am
6 years ago
76 replies

Next & previous button order

As discussed by LukeW in Web Form Design, it's best to have the primary
action of a form be the first button that the user sees. For left-to-right
languages this means having the primary action on the left and any secondary
actions on the right (see A in this illustration
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosenfeldmedia/2366430953/ ).

5 Dec 2008 - 2:07am
6 years ago
7 replies
Bart Schouten

Inactive UI elements: disable or disappear?

I'm struggling with an UI issue, so I'm hoping to receive some advice from
you. Imagine a textprocessor (i.e. Word) application in which you can edit
both text and image objects. The interface is clean and simple, only the
most needed functions are available in this app. An advantage of the
limited amount of functions is that they all fit in one toolbar without
cluttering or being miniscule.

13 Dec 2007 - 5:54pm
7 years ago
20 replies
Kim McGalliard

Your favorite rating interface

Don't get me wrong, I love stars, but I feel like the 5 star rating
interface is getting a little old. Especially because these kind of ratings
average out to be in the middle over time and therefore aren't very

Anyone seen any interesting rating interfaces lately? I'm especially
interested in rating of CONTENT on a site (more than an ITEM you might buy
or have bought).

Thanks for any links. I can compile and send out to the list if people seem


20 Jun 2012 - 3:03pm
1 year ago
7 replies

Looking for insight on graduate programs in Interaction Design

I have recently been looking into the possibility of interaction design as a career choice, and I was wondering what sort of graduate school programs would be open to me. I have been perusing the discussion boards, but it seems as though there aren't very many conversations about this in the past couple of years about it so I was wanting to get an updated perspective.

26 Jul 2008 - 11:34pm
6 years ago
13 replies

Design of forms on web vs paper

I've been involved in a few debates about this question lately and
would like to write an article summarising the different positions.
It would be great if you could spend a few minutes emailing me or
posting your personal position on the following query:

"As a matter of best practice, should forms on the web be designed to
look like their paper equivalents? Why/why not?"

I recognise that this is a fairly "open" question but there are lots
of different ways that one could come at this issue and I'm keen to
hear about them all!

11 Jul 2011 - 6:02pm
1 year ago
6 replies

Modal boxes on a mobile environment?


I'm working on a responsive website and I'm curious to know what is the current best practice is for modal boxes in mobile environments (in specific: smartphones). Does a modal box take away from the experience or enhance it? Thoughts?


31 Jan 2007 - 1:11pm
7 years ago
4 replies
Josephine Choi

Usability testing software for Mac?

Hi everyone,

My company's working on a new Mac product that we will be doing usability
testing on. We use Morae for our Windows products and like the features it

We're looking to find something comparable for testing Mac software. We are
doing testing on-site, so remote testing software is not necessary.
However, we would like reliable screen capture. Remote observer capability
and real-time marking/flagging would also be nice to haves. For those who
have experience with testing Mac software, would you be able to share your
experiences and process?

23 Nov 2009 - 11:25am
4 years ago
36 replies

Dustin Curtis, UX Design, and American Airlines

(apologies if this has been posted before - I didn't find it in the
list archives)

Start here: http://dustincurtis.com/incompetence.html
It's a story about user experience and American Airlines, both in the
real world and their online presence. The main blog post links back
to Curtis' original complaint about AA's horrid user experience, and
to a response he received from an Interaction Designer inside the
company. Who was then outed and fired.

At heart it's a small story about fitting user experience into a (big)
corporate culture.

2 Feb 2009 - 1:06pm
5 years ago
17 replies

User Research: Three user groups, five hours. What would you do?

I am being given the opportunity to visit a client of our software to
do some user research. I have never been on site with any of our
clients before.

At this client we have 3 user groups two who do different tasks and
one super user who can do everything plus config.

I only have five maybe six hours depending on flights being on time

We have full access to both groups all day but I would like to send
them some sort of schedule so they are not just sitting around
waiting on us.

1. Understand the users and how they use the software.
2. Uncover any pain points.

26 Mar 2007 - 10:18am
4 years ago
9 replies
Rune Lund-Hermansen

Symbol / icon for "Clear All" button


I'm currently working on an on-screen keyboard as part as the GUI for a set-top box (for typing in passwords, urls etc). I have found that there seems to be a pretty consistent use of symbols/icons for function keys such as Backspace, Shift and Space on existing physical keyboards and mobile devices. So these symbols are pretty well known amongst users. For instance, an outlined up-arrow as the shift symbol.